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This page lists books that are wholly or partly about Sparrowhawks. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.

General books about raptors, many of which include sections on the Sparrowhawk, can be found on;

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Family: Accipitridae

(Eurasian) Sparrowhawk
Accipiter nisus


A Sparrowhawk's Lament: How British Breeding Birds of Prey are Faring

David Cobham with Bruce Pearson

Princeton University Press


"In this handsomely illustrated book, acclaimed British filmmaker and naturalist David Cobham offers unique and deeply personal insights into Britain's birds of prey and how they are faring today. He delves into the history of these marvelous birds and talks in depth with the scientists and conservationists who are striving to safeguard them. In doing so, he profiles the writers, poets, and filmmakers who have done so much to change the public's perception of birds of prey. Thanks to popular television programs, the Victorian myth that any bird with a hooked beak is evil has been dispelled. However, although there are success stories - five birds of prey that were extinct have become reestablished with viable populations - persecution is still rife: so much so that one bird of prey, the Hen Harrier, became extinct in England as a breeding bird in 2013. Featuring drawings by famed wildlife artist Bruce Pearson, this book reveals why we must cherish and celebrate our birds of prey, and why we neglect them at our peril."

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Ecology and Conservation of European Forest-Dwelling Raptors

Editor: Iñigo Zuberogoitia, José Enrique Martínez

Diputacion Foral de Bizkaia


"This book, prepared by a leading group of European specialists in birds of prey, has been designed to review the current research in European forest-dwelling raptors. It deals with the methodologies used to assess the status of owls and raptors, their demographic trends, some relevant aspects of their biology and the potential impact on their populations of some traditional and emerging threats. It is thus a splendid tool to evaluate what happens today with this key group of birds and to plan future research programs directed to improve the conservation of European forest biodiversity."

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The Sparrowhawk

Ian Newton

Shire Natural History


This book discusses aspects of the behaviour and biology of the Sparrowhawk including distribution, habitat, food preferences, breeding, movements and mortality.

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The Sparrowhawk

Ian Newton

Illustrations: Keith Brockie



This book is based on the study of many individual Sparrowhawks during a 14 year period in South West Scotland.

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Last updated October 2013